Photogallery of inclusions in gemstones

These pictures are an invitation to take a look in the wonderful world of the inside of the gemstones.

It may be a new world to you, a new discovery, but be warned......many people before you have been touched by this virus and have since then, in full admiration, put their first babysteps in gemmology.

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AGATE

Dendrites in a brasilian agate

AGATE

Landscape agate from Brasil

Magnified. 20x

BERYL Yellow

Growth-tubes // to C-axis

Oblique illum. 17x

BERYL Yellow

Very fine growth tubes //OA and growth lines perpendicular to OA

16x

BERYL Emerald

Oil is used to hide fractures in this Columbian emerald

Darkfield illum. 64x

BERYL Emerald

"Flash"-effect on a filled fracture in this Columbian emerald

Darkfield illum. 22x

BERYL Emerald

Dendritic formation created by drying of oil filler

CORUNDUM Rubis

Twinning lamellae in a Thai ruby.

Immersion + pol#

CORUNDUM Sapphire

Decrepitation fracture in an heat treated sapphire

46x

CORUNDUM Yellow sapphire

Typical atoll-like formation of molten guest and its encircling tension halo, an undisguised proof of heat treatment

Magnified 64x

CORUNDUM Yellow sapphire

Side view of the atoll-like formation caused by heat treatment

Magnified 64x

CORUNDUM Yellow sapphire

The high temperature required for colour improvement dissolves the rutile needles of the silk partially or completely.

Magnified 21x

GARNET Pyrope-almandine

Zircon crystal with tension halo in a Madagascar garnet

Magnified 64x

GARNET Pyrope-spessartine

Rutile needles in a color-change garnet from Madagascar

Magnified 22x

GARNET Pyrope-spessartine

Epigenetic fracture filling in a pyrope-spessartine garnet from Madagascar

Magnified 31x

GARNET

Needle-like crystal inclusion in a garnet from Madagascar

Magnified 64x

GARNET

Picture of tensions around an inclusion observed with polarized light in a garnet from Madagascar

Magnified 10x

GARNET Demantoid

The "horse-tail"-like radiating chrysotiles fibres in a demantoid garnet from the Ural Mountains

Magnified 60x

QUARTZ

Syngenetic hessonite garnet crystal inclusion in a quartz

Magnified 42x

QUARTZ

Rutile needles in a quartz

Magnified 11x

QUARTZ

Anisotropic crystal inclusions (apatite) in quartz

Magnif. 18x

TOURMALINE

Two-phase trichites inclusion in tourmaline

Magnified 64x

SUNSTONE

Sunstone with inclusions of hematite platelets